GFR April Newsletter

Posted by Jason Bohan on 15 April 2017

OUTrun – August 19th

Registration is now open for OUTrun 2017. Please book your place in the race early to avoid disappointment, we expect tickets to sell fast!  Registration is HERE.

Last year we welcomed over 80 non-GFR frontrunners, representing every UK, and Dublin, frontrunner clubs. We hope we will do the same again this year too. In the evening there will be a FrontRunner Ceilidh and that GFR’s own Jill Leavey’s band Sleekit Fox have agreed to play.

This year OUTrun is officially part of the JogScotland Challenge series and, along with our FrontRunner friends, we are looking forward to welcoming runners from all across Scotland to OUTrun.

For those of you new to the club OUTrun was set up by GFR in 2015 to celebrate the club’s 5th birthday and to raise the profile of LGBT participation in sport. The event has grown from 200 runners in 2015, 350 in 2016, and we hope, with your help, that it will be even bigger this year. Full information about the event is posted on our the GFR OUTrun page.


OUTrun Volunteers

OUTrun is entirely organised by GFR and we rely on volunteers to make the day a success. If you want to help then join the Events Organisers facebook group or speak to the Events Organiser, Richard Allwood, email:


Running News

·        Grand Prix – the Grand Prix is GFR’s race calendar, a full list of future events can be found on the Grand Prix webpage. Events completed so far are Victoria and Pollok parkrun. Please remember to record your participation on the Grand Prix participation webpage.

·        April has two Grand Prix events:

o   21 members are travelling to the Isle of Tiree 10k/half marathon (sold out).

o   7 members are travelling to Manchester FrontRunner’s 10k Cake Race. Registration is still open for this event. If you wish to go visit the events page for travel/accommodation information.

·        Newcastle FrontRunners LGBT 5k – July 21st.  This event is officially sold out, however NFR kindly held tickets back for GFR members. If you wish to go, register for their waiting list and list GFR as your club. You will be given a place. We will arrange transport (either car share of mini bus hire) and accommodation via our facebook event page.

·        London Marathon. Good luck to GFR members in the London marathon. Hugh Coyle won the GFR club place and we wish him along with George and Ian all the best on the day!


Notes from the Secretary

Hello everyone! This is just a quick reminder to everyone to fill in the register at the start of each run, and record your distance. This month we’ve collectively run over 2684km over 13 runs!

Furthest runners:

·        Ian McBain (115km)

·        Penny Lowles (87km)

·        Adrian Heron (80km)

Most frequent runners:

·        Ian McBain (12 runs)

·        Penny Lowles / Chris Young (10 runs)

·        Owen Ferry / Adrian Heron / Heather Noller (9 runs)


Stirling marathon & Women’s 10k volunteers needed!

We have been asked if anyone would like to volunteer at the Stirling marathon on Sunday 21st May and at the Women’s 10k on Sunday 4th June at Kelvingrove Park. All volunteers will receive a souvenir event jacket and refreshments throughout the day. Please contact Andy ( asap if you would like your name passed to the organisers.

For the women’s 10k they are also looking for pacers who can comfortably run 10k in 40 and 45 minutes. All pacers receive complimentary race entry, a Duracell branded technical t-shirt, and running shorts (and a set of bunny ears and tail!).


Social News

Edinburgh Marathon Running Festival – FrontRunner Social May 28th.  Our friends at Edinburgh Frontrunners are organising a post run social for all frontrunners at the Regent pub. All runners, supporter, and friends are welcome. See facebook event page for details and if you intend to go, please register on this page to help them plan catering requirements.

Mugdock Park – Summer BBQ & Trail runs – June 11th. As part of Leap Sports Scotland Festival Fortnight 2017, GFR are organising a Summer BBQ and trail run suitable for all abilities at Mugdock Country Park. If you require transport there will be a free minibus service between GCU and Mugdock. For more information and to book a place on the event HERE

GFR Women's Social. The next women's night out is Thursday, 27th April. Location TBC. More details can be found in the GFR Women's Group on Facebook.

GFR Club Social. The next club social night will be on Thursday May 4th where we will go for food after the run to the Raven. Visit them online to register for their reward card which gets you 10% discount.

Club Kit

We encourage all our members to wear club colours, especially at any club events and official races as we as our weekly runs.  Both male and female fits are available in a wide range of sizes (subject to stock levels) to purchase at our weekly runs. 

·        Cool dry fit T shirts and running vests are priced at £10

·        GFR zip up hoodies £18 

Further information can be found on the Club Kit section of our website. We would ask members to pay for their kit before collecting via the online links. 


Did you know as members of GFR you receive 10% discount at Run 4 It and Achilles Heel?! Just mention you’re a member to receive the discount.  


Other News…

Whilst we love running, it’s good to cross-train and try different sports. In Glasgow we are fortunate to have a wide choice of LGBTI+ sports groups. See Leap Sports for a full list of Scottish sports groups.

·        Seahorses Hey! Are you needing a bit of low impact cardiovascular training as part of your routine? Come along to Springburn Pool on Mondays at 7pm for Seahorses, Glasgow's LGBT+ swim group.  Just a £3 contribution to the hiring of the lanes.

·        Knockout boxing group meets on Saturday at 1pm in the Edge gym. Cost is £5 per session. 

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